Ben Affleck Promoted To Executive Producer On ‘Justice League’

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Ben Affleck debuted in the DC Extended Universe as the next person to bring Bruce Wayne a.k.a. the Batman to life in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it looks like Affleck’s role in the DC/WB business just got a lot bigger.

Deadline reported today that Affleck will also be working behind the camera in the upcoming Justice League film as he has been promoted to executive producer on the project which is filming in London. The report goes on to say that he will be working closely with Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300) who is directing it as well with screenwriter Chris Terrio that wrote Part 1 of the installment.

Given that Warner Bros. Pictures and Affleck has been working together for the past few years with films like The Town and the Oscar winning Argo so getting him more involved within the DC world, makes a lot of sense.

This promotion makes a lot of sense as it was recently reported that Affleck will in fact be directing as well as produce his own Batman stand-alone film which he co-wrote with Geoff Johns. In episode six of Heroic Insider, Heroic Hollywood’s own Umberto Gonzalez revealed during the Heroic Scoop Drop of the Week that Affleck and Johns has full creative control of that project. Make sure to subscribe to PopBoom for all the latest episodes of Heroic Insider!

Justice League: Part One, starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon and Willem Dafoe,  opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • A Realist

    Wow.

  • Chris Johnson

    People have been clamoring for WB to bring in someone to right the ship so to speak? As it were, it seems they already had the person to do that on the payroll and in the universe. I could be overstating his role, but as Affleck is a writer, director, producer, and actor, I may be on to something.

    • H.I McDunnough

      He knows the characters and he respects that universe. I think this is amazing news.

      • Chris Johnson

        Agreed

      • SAMURAI36

        How does Affleck “know the characters” more than Geoff Johns does??

        • henryducard

          Goeff johns worked on the green lantern movie so he’s not infallible. he’s like an mlb player that’s getting paid huge now for the one good season he had 3 years ago. His greatest claim to fame was his work on the GL comics but outside that he hasn’t been too hot.

          • SAMURAI36

            OMG, where do they get you people from? Do I really have to break down Johns’s resume AGAIN?

            First off, Johns is the CCO of DC Entertainment, and has been so for the past 5 years.

            Second, in being in that position, he’s responsible for live action TV, animation, video games, comics, and now the DCEU.

            Third, in comics, he’s done WAY more than just GL.

            JSA = 5 years
            Flash = 5 years
            Teen Titans = 2 years
            GL = 10 years
            Justice League = 5 years
            Aquaman = 2 years
            Shazam = 1 year

            He’s brought these characters in to HUGE prominence, with his runs on those books.

            As far as him working on the GL movie, he had very little input into that film. He worked strictly as a consult.

            Now, on the DCEU, he’s one of the Exec Producers for all these films, as well as a member of the DC Brain Trust. He’s the guy that Affleck goes to for info on DC, not vice versa. Why do you think he’s writing the script, and sharing creative control on the Batman movie?

          • henryducard

            I’ve been reading comics since back when Dennis O’Niel was still writing for dc and editing. I never said johns didn’t do anything besides GL what I meant was his only good work was on GL. Flash was okay but everything he’s touched has been very forgettable. The blackest night story arc brought a lot of new readers into the fold and that was just before the new flashpoint story leading into the new 52 so the readers were already there . I’m not sure what the dark knight returns has to do with what I just said. I just reread it to see why Snyder said batman shot someone right between the eyes and he was full of it. Batman shot the girl but not between the eyes and he didn’t kill her because a few panels later a news reporter brings up a list of charges against him and murder is not one of them. Plus if he was offing people then rubber bullets in his tank make no sense. I already said he new he killed people in the flick however with all the green screen and animation while he was doing it he probably never found out til he saw the final product. I love this “you people” speech it’s cute.

          • SAMURAI36

            I’ve been reading comics since back when Dennis O’Niel was still writing for dc and editing. I never said johns didn’t do anything besides GL what I meant was his only good work was on GL. Flash was okay but everything he’s touched has been very forgettable.

            That’s your opinion, and nothing more. The numbers don’t agree with you, and neither do most fans.

            His JSA work redefined those characters, and his “Rebirth” titles (Flash, GL, Shazam) were critical successes, and received all kinds of awards. He’s redefined so many DC characters, it’s not even funny.

            And let’s not forget the 52 storyline, which he played a pivotal role in.

            The blackest night story arc brought a lot of new readers into the fold and that was just before the new flashpoint story leading into the new 52 so the readers were already there.

            The readers were there, because he’d brought them in years prior on GL, with Rebirth, and then the Sinestro Corps War.

            Geoff Johns has been a household name at DC since 2000.

            I’m not sure what the dark knight returns has to do with what I just said.

            Not sure what it has to do with it either, since I never mentioned TDKR in my response to this particular response.

            I just reread it to see why Snyder said batman shot someone right between the eyes and he was full of it. Batman shot the girl but not between the eyes and he didn’t kill her because a few panels later a news reporter brings up a list of charges against him and murder is not one of them. Plus if he was offing people then rubber bullets in his tank make no sense. I already said he new he killed people in the flick however with all the green screen and animation while he was doing it he probably never found out til he saw the final product. I love this “you people” speech it’s cute.

            Ah, so you’re talking about the other response. Okay.

            I’m not sure what book you’re reading, but it definitely isn’t TDKR.

            Batman blatantly kills one of the mutants with a Rambo-style M-60.

            http://dkreturns.blogspot.com/2011/12/i-believe-you.html

            Unless you think a human being can withstand being blown wide open by a 7.62 bullet to the mid-section?

          • henryducard

            A human can survive being shot by a .30 cal. There is no place in the drawing that actually shows where the person was shot and like I said before, when they have his list of charges murder would’ve been straight at the top if he actually killed anyone. Batman pushes how much he’s willing to hurt people pretty far especially when frank miller is writing.
            You’re right Geoff johns is very appealing to new readers but I’ve just noticed in my group of friends and even in my family every generation has dropped the current dc slate because it’s traded good writing for what if stories and shock value like marvel does. Like what if commissioner Gordon was batman kinda garbage I expect from marvel like how every character has been captain America or Thor at some point and now theres a bunch of different spider people. You’re right the numbers dont agree with me. To be fair on the numbers thing though you jump on every damn post that badmouths dceu in any way and try to demean any person who disagrees with your positive opinion of the films except the numbers don’t support your particular opinion in this case as well. Civil war will demolish bvs numbers and be praised far more than bvs. Then it comes down to this. Is the general public maybe moronic in your eyes? They certainly don’t share your opinion remotely on that subject just as I dont share the general publics opinion on Geoff johns writing, but guess what. The same people you slam for disliking snyders films and praising marvel are the same people buying this rebirth and new 52 junk. By the way I was just trying to have a conversation with a dude and you doing what you always do come in and start demeaning people because your opinion is fact you gotta chill on constantly jumping on every post you don’t like. Get a job or something. Money is better than an argument with a stranger you’ll never meet.

          • SAMURAI36

            A human can survive being shot by a .30 cal.

            Not without medical assistance. As in, IMMEDIATELY. Did you see the mutant receive any? Did Batman call for any? Did he perform any himself? All we see Batman do, is scoop the baby up, & keep it moving.

            There is no place in the drawing that actually shows where the person was shot

            You’re being disingenuous. There’s a big red spot on the Mutant’s torso, where he was shot. You think the mutant painted it there himself? Right after Batman irked the gun? Cuz it wasn’t there right before Batman fired.
            Also do you honestly think Batman is a poor shot? The man who can hot a dime with a Batarang, several yards away?
            But if you wanna “logic” your way out of this example, then the very same can be said/done for BVS, since people have survived far worse car collisions, than the one in the Batmobile scene. We never actually see any dead bodies.

            and like I said before, when they have his list of charges murder would’ve been straight at the top if he actually killed anyone. Batman pushes how much he’s willing to hurt people pretty far especially when frank miller is writing.

            You think anyone is looking for a dead Mutant in some abandoned building? With a bullethole the size of someone’s fist blown thru the middle of him? I don’t recall the cops being right there when it happened, so for all they’d know, that mutant coulda just been shot by another mutant, especially since A) Batman’s finger prints are not on the weapon (he wears gloves, remember?), & B) it’s not Batman’s style to shoot anyone.

            You’re right Geoff johns is very appealing to new readers but I’ve just noticed in my group of friends and even in my family every generation has dropped the current dc slate because it’s traded good writing for what if stories and shock value like marvel does.

            See, this is what happens when you try to speak for others. You & your family are not a barometer for what the rest of the fan base likes. Johns’s books consistently stay at the top 5 of the sales charts, EVERY month. Also, without giving away my own age, I’m not a spring chicken either, & I enjoy his work immensely.
            There’s a reason why he was promoted to CCO of DC. He’s one of the most prolific writers in comics.

            Like what if commissioner Gordon was batman kinda garbage I expect from marvel like how every character has been captain America or Thor at some point and now theres a bunch of different spider people.

            Uhhmmmm…. You know that’s not written by Geoff Johns, right? Batman has been written for the past 6-7 years, by Scott Snyder. Who, BTW, is another prolific writer, whose work (in both DC & Vertigo) also stays at the top of the charts. And who also, as its been rumored, might be writing a script for a DCEU film as well.
            But the fact that you even brought Batman up, while talking about Geoff Johns, just shows me A) that’s you’re just throwing anything at the wall, hoping it will stick, & help prove your point (which it hasn’t), & B) even though you’ve been reading comics since the early Silver Age, you don’t seem to be all that knowledgeable about comics, especially in the Modern Age.

            You’re right the numbers dont agree with me. To be fair on the numbers thing though you jump on every damn post that badmouths dceu in any way and try to demean any person who disagrees with your positive opinion of the films except the numbers don’t support your particular opinion in this case as well. Civil war will demolish bvs numbers and be praised far more than bvs. Then it comes down to this. Is the general public maybe moronic in your eyes? They certainly don’t share your opinion remotely on that subject just as I dont share the general publics opinion on Geoff johns writing, but guess what. The same people you slam for disliking snyders films and praising marvel are the same people buying this rebirth and new 52 junk.

            This is just you continuing to flail about hopelessly. Your really don’t know what you’re talking about. I love the DCEU, AND I love the New 52. So do several other people in these very discussions. And you know why so many of us love both?
            Get ready for it…..
            It’s because the DCEU is largely based on the New 52!!
            Man, that’s must really suck for a hater of all things new, like yourself, huh?

            By the way I was just trying to have a conversation with a dude and you doing what you always do come in and start demeaning people because your opinion is fact you gotta chill on constantly jumping on every post you don’t like. Get a job or something. Money is better than an argument with a stranger you’ll never meet.

            Soooo…….. Now you’re resorting to playing the role of the victim here? You don’t get to tell people who they can & can’t respond to, on a public forum. There are no personal conversations here. Nor do you get to post with impunity.
            You don’t get to say incorrect things (like you did about Geoff Johns & BVS), & expect for those things to go unchecked. Likewise for anything I say.
            And yep, that’s right, I do defend DC, the same way all the Zombies defend Marvel on here, but I don’t see you talking about them. All I se is an old, fairweather DC fan, dog piling on DC, right along with the Marvel Zombies.

            Also, I’m usually posting responses WHILE I’m sitting at my desk at work, so there’s that, & so much for the “you’re broke” joke you were trying to make.
            It’s not my fault that you’re stuck in the past, & can’t understand all this “new-fangled” stuff, like the young whipper-snappers do.

          • henryducard

            Breh you are a warrior! An internet warrior! Hats off to you! By the way Dennis O’Niel was doing stuff into the 90s so be careful on your google quotes. I’m not even old enough to have grown up with early silver age.

          • SAMURAI36

            LOL, I’ll take that compliment, back-handed as it is.

            And FTR, the bulk of O’neil’s work is from the Silver Age. Of course he’s done work in the modern age, but not nearly as much as the SA.

          • henryducard

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c86f6394878caddc82ac5db62fdc8bd0cc5089c2f2ddee846e468d634a17b820.jpg batman wrapped a bullet around a child. Tdkr is like wanted. Nvm the splat coming off the shoulder which was the only exposed area besides the legs and the panel saying no one died after he even threw a dude off a building and electrocuted him. But ya death.

          • SAMURAI36

            So wait, I’m confused…. Are you agreeing with my original point, or are you refuting it? Because I’m familiar with all those examples you listed.

        • H.I McDunnough

          First off, I always read the comments along with the news stories here, and you’re one of the few people that I (usually) agree with….I’m not saying that Affleck understands the characters in the Justice League more than any one else involved with these movies. I’m just pointing out that he’s a longtime fan/reader of Batman comics and I feel that his passion for the characters along with his writing/directing pedigree is great news for this franchise. I love DC’s television shows on the CW (Gotham needs work) and I think the movie universe can get better. I liked BVS and MOS, but I feel think theres still a better film yet to be made if that makes any sense.

  • Nick Farina

    This is a good thing. They need someone to steer the ship going forward, and Affleck is a seasoned pro.

    • SAMURAI36

      You di realize that they are adding Affleck, & not taking anyone away, yes?

      Also, exec producer is a very fluid position, not a definitive one, like Producer. And there are already like 3-4 other exec producers for the DCEU, so I don’t really see how this changes the scheme of things.

  • Rey

    Great News

  • SAMURAI36

    This is cool news and all, but it’s like having Curry, or not having Curry with the Warriors. They’re still gonna win the series.

  • JMMagwood

    Interesting. I’m curious to see if Affleck can help maintain the level of maturity while making Snyder’s films more acceptable to the wide majority. Maybe not, considering the troll army out there led by Faraci, but we’ll see.

    • SAMURAI36

      I’m personally not a fan of this whole “majority acceptance” thing. I honestly don’t think it’s something that can be achieved at this point. I think there will always be those that will chant down any/everything DC does, simply because it’s not Marvel. Therefore, trying to please the majority will only end up diluting the final product.

      Besides, DC has already produced 2 films that turned out really well, despite not pleasing everyone. For them to try to do anything else, knowing the kinds of films they make, will only end up pandering on their part.

      • JMMagwood

        Well, despite the fact that I loved the movie, I recognize that the box office needed to be bigger, especially here in the States. It was here that the box office was really anemic. Had “BvS” done $400-425 million here, no one would be discussing any problems at all.

        WB needs to do what it takes to improve the critical reception (screen for critics at once, give more access to tv and print media and put on the spread, etc), and yes, although I hate to say this, but make future JL movies just an iota more kid and teen accessible than “BvS.”

        I’m fine with making some slight sacrifices to what I want in my personal sensibilities in the name of expanding the audience. I’m not for dumbing it down, but it probably can be a better experience for non DC fans, especially casual moviegoers who just want a good two hours at the movies. There’s no need to sacrifice any of the maturity or depth that “BvS” has, and a few tweaks should make these movies complete crowd-pleasers. It’s a tough job, but not impossible, which is why I’d love to see Paul Dini brought in as well, but it looks like it’ll be up to Affleck to nudge it in the direction they hope will lead to a complete success, and not barely getting to profits.

        My one true Snyder criticism is that his movies tend to cost a lot, and saving money is another strength other studios have that WB has long struggled with. If “BvS” was $200 million, again, we wouldn’t be having these discussions.

        • flavortang

          I agree. While I personally loved MoS and BvS they did underperform. No movie with Superman fighting Batman should make anywhere less than $1-1.5 billion. It wouldn’t take much to tweak the stories/direction to make them more accessible to a wider audience guaranteeing more DCEU movies, which is what I want as a fan.

        • SAMURAI36

          I just think it’s a slippery slope, between making something with density and depth, and making it widely acceptable. Very few artists have been able to pull it off.

          Also, I don’t know if Dini is the right guy for the job either. Granted, he’s done some wonders for Batman:TAS, and several different comics, but his animated work is not as extensive as people seem to think it is.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Dini#Career

          And besides, there’s a huge difference between working on animation, and working on live action film. There’s a reason the different mediums rarely cross paths.

          And finally, I really don’t see how BVS’s $200M budget is that big of a deal. If BVS were in fact widely accepted, then that wouldn’t have been a talking point either. However, as it stands, people have made it into a talking point, because…. Well, just because.

          • JMMagwood

            It’s possible to have high quality, and a film that pleases the majority. “BvS” isn’t far off the mark, despite what the dronelike trolls would have you believe, so there’s reason to be really optimistic about “JL.”

            Paul Dini has live action experience, being a writer and story editor for ABC’s “Lost.” That would probably be helpful for the DCEU, an overall story editor to keep things tight, and to make sure the connective tissues of the universe of stories work well together, even if the directors have drastically different approaches.

            As far as the budget goes, it can’t be ignored that “BvS” had a huge cost. If reports are true, “Justice League” will cost a bit less, and that’s never a bad thing. Give Disney and FOX credit for keeping costs down while their top projects look as good as any studios out there.

      • JMMagwood

        And I should say, you’re right. There’s a vocal minority who are Marvel trolls that will hate DCEU movies no matter what. Fortunately, if the Marvel stuff starts going off the cliff, most of them, like the oddballs here, will probably be found swinging from the rafters. 😉

      • Marquis de Sade

        You’re the poster child for the phrase: “COCAINE IS A HELLA’ DRUG!”.

    • People who disagree with you (and/or are smarter than you) are not a troll army.

      • JMMagwood

        Well, considering you felt the need to throw an insult in there, it’s nice that you so clearly labeled yourself, troll. I can ignore your useless posts.

        • You should look up the meaning of an internet troll. Again, people who disagree with you are not trolls. It looks like the vast majority of people will agree with you on a variety of topics, which definitely does not make the whole world a world of trolls. Nobody is out to get you.

  • xxjinzaxx

    I wonder if this is to pay him more; a way to circumvent his multi-movie contract. I know Jon Peters is paid heaps for having a similar credit on Superman movies, even though he does absolutely nothing. That Hollywood legacy clause has been nice to Peters.

  • flavortang

    The one thing I’m curious about is that even though Affleck is a massive Batfan, how did Snyder convince him to portray Bats as breaking his “one rule” in BvS?

    • henryducard

      I thought the same thing until I realized every kill scene would’ve been put in post production so he probably had no clue who was getting hurt or killed until he saw it and actors can’t bad mouth anything until later.

      • SAMURAI36

        LOL, wow. When are you guys gonna realize, that TDKR is one of Affleck’s fave stories? You just made up some behind-his-back conspiracy, where there was none. Don’t you think Affleck had seen the film prior to it being released?

      • flavortang

        Oh, good point. All of the deaths would’ve been done in post.

    • SAMURAI36

      If Affleck was a Batfan, then he would’ve already known the source material, and where the killing comes from.

  • Marquis de Sade

    This just means another chief has been added to the clusterf**k that is the rudderless dceu. I foresee a major bloodletting soon.

    • flavortang

      Not necessarily.

      • Marquis de Sade

        12 heroes in a battle and it was flawless. Snyder couldn’t do it with 2 for a one on one fight. Think about that vast gap for a moment.

        • flavortang

          I don’t know what you’re talking about.

          • Marquis de Sade

            Then you best edumacate yo’ self, and go see the CITIZEN KANE of super hero movies, CA:CW!

            STAY WOKE, MY BROTHA’! STAY WOKE!

          • flavortang

            Whatever you’re smoking must be potent.

          • Marquis de Sade

            Just high on the fact that we be livin’ in blessed times courtesy of MCU.

            STAY WOKE, MY BROTHA’!

          • Joseph

            This coming from a guy who thinks the Iron Man sequels were actually GOOD movies, and who thinks Ultron and TREVOR are two of the greatest villains of all time. Hah what a joke. Your opinion cannot be taken seriously when you have such clear bad taste in movies.

          • Marquis de Sade

            Don’t be hatin’ cuz most folks don’t share yo’ taste in mediocrity like BVS: A TALE OF 2 MARTHAS’.

          • JMMagwood

            Don’t waste your time. Anything that thing writes is never worth bothering with.

          • Marquis de Sade

            I’m beginning to think Sammy is havin’ a negative effect on you, Maggie!

          • flavortang

            Ahh, okay. Yeah, he sounds like a mental patient. lol

          • JMMagwood

            That says little for mental patients lol I’m still not convinced it’s not a sentient fecal mass, but either way, it’s just another troll…

          • SAMURAI36

            He’s just being his usual idiotic self. Pay him no mind.

          • JMMagwood

            Lol Aint it the truth…

          • SAMURAI36

            Man, this dude has a Jones’ing for me. It’s kinda sad, really.

          • JMMagwood

            Oh, it’s got a thing for you something fierce. If this were sixty years ago, it’d be dipping your pigtails in an inkwell. That is, if you were a girl, and if it was a guy.

            Seriously, you’re an important part of this guy’s life. It’s a little creepy.

          • SAMURAI36

            Yeah, I know that I have a bit of a controversial presence here, and I’m cool with that. But geez, this guy(?) seems a little too fixated on me.

            I keep waiting on him to go away, at some point. But it seems the less attention I give him, the more obsessed with me he becomes.

            Makes me wonder if he’s printed out my posts, and glued him to his wall, over his bed or something.

          • JMMagwood

            I’m sure your posts are stuck all over his bed! EWWWW!

            Never mind, forget that was typed…

          • SAMURAI36

            LMAO. And then he used the term “Butt-hurt” too. Yuckie.

          • Marquis de Sade

            *in Nat King Cole voice*

            “YOU’RE SO CLOWNABLE, THAT’S WHAT YOU ARRRRREEEE!

            “YOU’RE SO CLOWNABLE, IT JUST MAKES YOU AN IRRESISTIBLE TARRRRGEEEETTTT!”

            “YOU’RE SO CLOWNABLE, YOU MAKE IT SO HAAARRRD TO RESIIIISSST!”

          • Marquis de Sade

            The BUTTHURT is strong within you, my young padwan.

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